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Eyes of Immigrant Children

11 April 2009 4 Comments

Two parents make the hard decision to leave their own country for a land of opportunity for their children. The warmth and security of their tribe and customs behind them, the look ahead to the potential for prosperity in a place of strange and fast activity.  As the years pass, they make their way:  educating their children in a language that is not their own, endeavoring to instill the values of their home culture and religion in a place where their children encounter daily influences contrary to their native expectations.  Happily, they and their children find prosperity.  They find, too, that they are able to live and to worship as they wish.  While never losing sight of the home country they have left, the family finds a place and sense of belonging in the new land.  Easier, this, for the children, who are themselves centered from youth in the new culture.  The children respect their parents, and even affectionately humor their parents, eating plantains and rice with exotic spices when they would much rather be eating hot dogs and fries or pizza.   All is well for the beautiful immigrant family.

But what of the societal norms for caring for parents when they are aging?  Will the children carry the responsibilities of the homeland of their parents, which include covering their costs of housing, food and medicines for their parents -even having them live in their own homes- when they are no longer able to care for themselves?  Or will the children behave in accordance with the norms of the new society in which they have been raised?  In the new society there may be no commonly understood requirement that children take their aging parents in.

What do the eyes of immigrant children see for the future of their parents?

4 Comments »

  • anonymous said:

    Great site, Good info

  • Tamiflu said:

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  • Anonymous said:

    Thanks for the review! I want to say – thank you for this!

  • Hye said:

    Sorry. Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. Hye from Leone.

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